We study animal sensory systems and communication, with a focus on insect bioacoustics. Our research addresses three main questions: 1) How do insects sense, and generate sounds and vibrations?  2) What are the functions of acoustic communication? 3) How do ears and communication signals evolve?


In our neuroethology lab we use a variety of methods and techniques such as sound recording and analysis, laser vibrometry, neurophysiology, high-speed video, phylogenetics, microscopy, and behavioural genetics to form an integrated view of animal behaviour and communication. We work primarily with the insect orders Lepidoptera (moths, butterflies, caterpillars) and Coleoptera (mostly bark beetles), but have ongoing projects with earthworms, birds, and bats as well.

Professor Jayne E. Yack

Department of Biology
Nesbitt Biology Building, Room 250
Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
K1S 5B6

Office: 613 520-2600 ext.3887
Lab: 613 520-2600 ext.1513 or 1912 
Fax: 613 520-3539
email: jayneyack@cunet.carleton.ca

Lab news

November 1, 2021


Congratulations to Leo Turchen for successfully defending his PhD thesis! Well done Leo!

September 1, 2021


Congratulations to Leo for having his review article on vibratory communication in insects accepted to Entomologia Generalis!

May 1, 2021


Congratulations for Chanchal Yadav for winning the Thesis Excellence Award for PhD students! Excellent work Chanchal!

April 1, 2021


Congratulations to Sara Khan for being awarded the Glenn Richardson Grant from the Toronto Entomology Society!

March 1, 2021


Congratulations to Melanie Low for having her review article on insect defense sounds accepted to Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution!

Insect Sensory Systems
Butterfly Hearing

Research Interests

Bark Beetle Acoustics
Caterpillar Acoustics